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SPRING 2016- WEEK 5

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OUR MISSION IS TO SUPPORT STUDENT SUCCESS THROUGH DEVELOPMENT OF EXCELLENT SCIENCE TEACHERS.

Journal Club

We will spend the next four weeks in journal club focusing on communicating science- how to do it better ourselves and how to teach students to do it better.  This week we will talk about the “core skills” for effective science communication.  To prepare, please read:

Lucy Mercer-Mapstone & Louise Kuchel (2015): Core Skills for Effective Science Communication: A Teaching Resource for Undergraduate Science Education, International Journal of Science Education, Part B, DOI:

10.1080/21548455.2015.1113573

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21548455.2015.1113573For your convenience, we will continue to offer two weekly meetings in 317 LISB (Lewis Integrated Sciences Building):

Thursdays at 9:00 am
Fridays at 12:00 pm

Hope to see you there.

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UO 2016 Mobile Summer Institute

The Science Literacy Program invites you to attend a Mobile Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching August 8-11, 2016 at the University of Oregon. The Summer Institute will expand and sharpen participants teaching skills through workshops facilitated by national science education experts.  Participants will develop original, innovative classroom materials ready for immediate implementation and will be named 2016-17 National Academies Education Fellows at the end of the institute. A post-meeting UO STEM strategic planning session will be held on August 12, 2016. Application due date: June 3, 2016. Questions and nominations: ellyvan@uoregon.edu

In the words of a previous participant, “I’m pretty confident in my abilities to give a good lecture and run a well-organized course, and I get good ratings from students. But I could tell that many students weren’t really learning the material in any depth. I’d heard the compelling evidence that swapping out lecture time for in-class problem-solving was the way to go, but of course I was worried about how much extra work that would be for me, and I wasn’t really sure what class time would look like. The Summer Institute was exactly what I needed – practical advice on how to make this change, including what works and what doesn’t. The good news is that even the best students have been shown to do better with this style of teaching. I switched out about a third of my lecture time in each of my courses this year, and I was very pleased with how engaged students seemed to be and by how stimulating and fun it was for me too. I plan to make a full switch next year. I highly recommend the Summer Institute – it’s an easy way to jumpstart the process of improving your teaching.”
- Tory Herman, Associate Professor Biology, 2015-16 National Academies Education Fellow

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Life at the Nanoscale Mini-Symposium

We are pleased to announce the “Life at the Nanoscale” mini symposium at the University of Oregon to be held onJune 17th, 2016. This event includes a fantastic line up of six speakers addressing important questions in biology ranging from mechanisms of neurotransmission to host-pathogen interactions, cytoskeletal regulation and RNA metabolism. The common thread between the featured speakers is that they each use cutting edge structural and biophysical techniques to understand molecular function. In addition to the seminars, the mini symposium will feature a poster session, and we encourage all postdocs and students to register and present, as it will be a great opportunity for them to interact with the speakers.The mini symposium will conclude with a dinner in the Willamette Hall atrium, and we are excited announce that University of Oregon’s own Brian Matthews will give a keynote seminar entitled “Structural Biology: Getting in on the Ground Floor”.

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GrEBES Presents: De-Extinction 

Hank Greely – “De-extinction: How, Why, and Whether”
Seminar: 27 April at 7pm in 182 Lillis Hall
Reception: 5-6:15pm in Pacific 318

The Graduate Evolutionary Biology and Ecology Students (GrEBES) are pleased to present our annual Spring Public Seminar Series.  This year we explore the topic of de-extinction through the eyes of paleontologist Jack Horner, bioethicist Hank Greely, and evolutionary geneticist Hendrik Poinar. Join us tomorrow, Wednesday April 27th, at 7pm in Lillis 182 to listen to Hank Greely continue this year’s seminar series with a fun and exciting talk on the societal implications of de-extinction.

Please join us for a light reception before the seminar in Pacific 318 for an opportunity to talk with Mr. Greely.

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CMiS Panel 

Formerly NOBCChE/SACNAS, Community for Minorities in STEM (CMiS) will be holding their first official eventMonday May 2nd from 6:00 – 8:00 pm in Onyx 171.  This workshop will be a panel and round table discussion aimed at giving voice to the lived experiences of faculty and students of color in STEM fields here at the UO.  The panel will be comprised of faculty members and graduate students in math, physics, chemistry and biology.  After the panel discussion we will split into smaller groups and continue the conversation about how we can make the UO a more diverse and inclusive community for all of its members.  The hope is to create a safe space for people to openly discuss issues surrounding race.

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LBCC Conference on Writing Resources

Linn-Benton Community College is having a one-day conference on writing resources in open education.  Come learn, share, and create exciting writing resources for Oregon college students at our one-day conference.  Meet faculty using OER and learn about rigorous existing resources, ready for use.  Have questions?  Eager to share your solutions?  Join them!  The conference is free and runs from 9 am to 4 pm on May 6th.  Register here for the conference: https://oregonwrites.org/registration/.

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In This Issue:

Journal Club

UO 2016 Mobile Summer Institute

Life at the Nanoscale Mini-Symposium

GrEBES Presents: De-Extinction

CMiS Panel

LBCC Conference on Writing Resources

Upcoming UO and Local Events


Upcoming UO and Local Events:

Writing a Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Week 6: Wed, May 4
1:00-2:30pm, 72 PLC

A statement of teaching philosophy is a short narrative about your teaching that explains the principles and theories behind it.  This workshop will review formats and useful practices for writing a statement of teaching philosophy.  You will also begin the writing process and leave with a draft outline of a teaching statement.

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Sky Studio Teaching Conversations

Mondays 1:00-2:00pm
Knight Library Conference Room 410

TEP welcomes you to register for its Sky Studio Teaching Conversations. These informal small-group conversations and hands-on sessions (capped at 10) give faculty and GTFs a chance to dive more deeply into specific teaching issues.

Week 6: Mon, May 2
Contexts for Grading: We’ll examine UO policies related to grading and consider experiments in grade forgiveness and grade-less courses.

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Large-Class Cohort Meeting

Join TEP’s Teaching Excellence Fellow, Dr. Sierra Dawson, from the UO Department of Human Physiology, for a chance to come together as a community—meet one another, share strategies, and get ideas for how to make the big classroom feel a bit smaller.

Week 5: Fri, Apr. 29
11:00am-12:30pm, Knight Library Proctor 41

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Metacognition: Belonging

This workshop is an incarnation of TEP’s popular, more general workshop on metacognition. We’ll focus on tailoring common metacognitive teaching techniques to having students self and group reflect on transformative learning—learning that can be disorienting, emotionally impactful, and require mindful integration of new perspectives. We’ll explore techniques that help students recognize when they feel connected or excluded from meaningful learning experiences in the class, and, when and how their own assumptions and identities require self-examination, revision, expansion, or assertion.

Week 6: Fri, May 6
11:00am-12:30pm, Knight Library Proctor 41

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Science Outreach Club Events

Brain-Based Learning
April 28th 4pm-5pm
240D Willamette HallThis is the third workshop in our Science Outreach Training. Learn what brain science has to say about how people learn and how we can structure learning for maximum impact.
UO Science and Invention Fair
May 7th
Willamette Atrium

We still need  judges and volunteers for the Science Fair on May 7th! Please encourage your friends to join us. Judging qualifications are pretty simple: know the scientific method, enjoy science. It helps to be a science major, but is not required. You can learn more and sign up to volunteer or judge at this link:

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